Rock stars and royalty set to honor Princess Diana

Some of music’s brightest stars and icons are set to join Princes William and Harry in a tribute to the memory of Princess Diana – 10 years after her death in a Paris car crash.

The tribute concert will be held today, Sunday, July 1st, at London’s Wembley Stadium and includes performances from Rod Stewart, Elton John, Tom Jones and Duran Duran. The tribute concert was organized by Diana’s sons and is being held on what would have been her 46th birthday.
 
In addition to a number of music icons (many of which were said to be some of Princess Diana’s favorite acts), the tribute show will feature some of music’s new faces including rapper Kanye West and singers Joss Stone and Lily Allen. The crowd (expected to be about 65,000 people) will also be addressed by the two princes. The tribute will also feature the English National Ballet and a special Andrew Lloyd Webber performance.

There are about 450 police and security officers expected to be on duty during the event, and security has been reevaluated following Friday’s discovery of two unexploded car bombs in London and Saturday’s incident at Glasgow airport in Scotland – which involved a flaming Jeep Cherokee striking the main airport terminal.

William has stated the tribute concert will provide the people an opportunity to “remember all the good things about her because she’s not here to defend herself when she gets criticized.”

In an interview, William explained: “After 10 years, there’s been a rumbling of people bringing up the bad, and over time people seem to forget — or have forgotten — all the amazing things she did and what an amazing person she was.”

The proceeds from the concert will go to various causes that Diana championed – including land mine and AIDS charities. There is also a memorial service planned in London on Aug. 31st.

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